A thread got me thinking, now I have a decision to make.

A thread got me thinking, now I have a decision to make.

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    A thread got me thinking, now I have a decision to make.

    Mitchell CT's thread, The Best Gear is Your Enemy got me thinking. A while a go I stumbled across a display model only SIG 226 DAK in .40 S&W. The cost was $659. I put it on lay-a-way. After reading the this thread, I wonder if I would be better served by just transferring the amount already paid to an outright purchase of an M&P 40/M&P 45(of which I already own two of in 9mm) and using the money that I saved for training. Another reason I ponder this is the nature of our current economy( more money in savings could be useful in the future). Wise counsel would greatly be appreciated. I will either be heading back to the gun shop this afternoon or on Saturday.


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    I always love the feeling of a new gun, but getting good training is vital if you want to carry a firearm. Why not do both? I say get the M&P and some more training!

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    Personally, If I had the money for a new gun, I think I'd rather spend it on training. I've only got two hands and more guns than that. I've always got room for training (lot of empty space upstairs!). I'm not a great shot with any handgun, and I could stand some improvement.

    If you're happy with the M&P series and can get a new one plus training, I'd say go for it . . . unless you've just got your heart set on a Sig.
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    Training. Ammo. Those are the only two items that are assets.

    I'd also forget about buying a different caliber. I'd stick with the 9mm and buy a case of ammo and really learn how to run that gun. If you really are worried about the economy, cash won't mean squat in the long run. Lead and brass have had a better appreciation rate that gold in recent years.

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    There is a saying, don't mess with the guy who has only one gun, he knows how to use it. There is no substitute for training and range time. If you were to buy a new pistol, I would likely stick with the same design for the sake of muscle memory in the event you have to use it. When I got back from Afghanistan I bought a new 1911 which was going to be my day to day concealed carry. Although I can shoot the eyes out of targets with it, I still can't index it and get the safety off in a manner I'm comfortable with yet to start carrying it. So I went back to carrying my Glocks. I have a G23 for home defense, and a G27 for CC. I can easily draw and index both and get good shots off.

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    some great advice here...as far as having money in the bank goes heres a lesson in growth...it isnt growing now so if you can find a good deal on something that is going to cost more later you are getting a return on your investment...unless you feel it is not money you can spare and will have to fall back on later...

    the time for bargains is now....the time for training is always....if you have a suitable self defense firearm i would suggest more training...

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    Double ditto. You already have two pistols that are perfectly suitable for carry. If the choice is another pistol OR training/ammo, then training/ammo wins hands down.
    A man fires a rifle for many years, and he goes to war. And afterward he turns the rifle in at the armory, and he believes he's finished with the rifle. But no matter what else he might do with his hands - love a woman, build a house, change his son's diaper - his hands remember the rifle.

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    When you can ask yourself the question,
    Am I the master of the firearm that I already own and carry? If you can answer yes then you get another toy, until then buy ammo and train until you can answer yes.
    "A first rate man with a third rate gun is far better than the other way around". The gun is a tool, you are the craftsman that makes it work. There are those who say "if I had to do it, I could" yet they never go out and train to do it. Don't let stupid be your mindset. Harryball 2013

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    Training and ammo it is.

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    I would agree with training and ammo, with a caveat.
    The caveat being that you have a second gun in case your current gun fails, or goes down. I have one 1911, but two High Powers for a reason. I will buy a second 1911 in the near future, but won't forsake the training and ammo either. The second gun should run the same as your first gun, IMHO.

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    A quote attributed to Bruce Lee comes to mind. “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”
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    Training and ammo makes more sense. as for investment it depends depending on who you ask we might have an overvalue right which will lead to dropping back down into the high 10ís. If your thinking long term stocks might want to hedge you bet that that does happen and buy in then. This is a casual Thursday observation by an individual that has not grabbed his wall street journal yet, not professional in anyway.

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    +1 for caliber standardization. I was looking at the P226 E2 today in 9mm, and thinking about what to do with the tax refund I'm due after finally filing.

    Decided to do the right thing and put the money toward the kid's college fund. That is, if Schwimmer doesn't hit the fan first, in which case it'll go toward ammo or other essentials.

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    I had that same type of thought..what if. So I decided that a standard caliber was high up on the list..simple was on the list too...so I now I have 357 chosen and have the sp101 and a gp100 and will soon add a lever action in 357..it's a plan in case stuff does hit the fan and this way Im covered in the keep it simple stupid department and Im good for close up and out 200yds.
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    Hi. One consideration is that if you stay in the M&P family the actions and triggers will all feel very similar. So, you can train with and then carry a variety of guns without being all over the map on feel and function.

    I love the Sig DAK guns. But they are probably different trigger pulls from the M&P.

    So, my vote is to get another gun that feels like the rest of your carry family. The money you saved on MP over Sig can be put towards training.

    (go for trigger pull standardization to take the phrase from one of the posters above)

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